Initial claims for unemployment insurance increased to 5,531 for the week ending May 9, 2009, when compared to the previous week’s total of 4,240. The largest increase in initial claims was in the NAICS Industry Code 311 for Food Manufacturing due to the closing of a poultry processing plant in north Louisiana. Initial claims were above the comparable week ending May 10, 2008, figure of 3,947.
The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 4,924 from the previous week’s average of 4,537.
Continued unemployment insurance weeks claimed increased to 48,651 for the week ending May 9, 2009, from the previous week’s total of 48,603. Continued weeks claimed were above the comparable week ending May 10, 2008, figure of 20,277.
The four-week moving average of continued weeks claimed increased to 48,142 from the previous week’s average of 47,513.
For more detailed information on the occupations of unemployment insurance claimants visit our Web site at http://www.LAWORKS.net and select Labor Market Information from the left-side menu. Then select LOIS (Louisiana Occupational Information System), and under Demographics and Statistics select Unemployment Insurance Claimants.
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